Diakonia - People change the world


Colombia is a violent country. The peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla, signed in 2016, has despite difficulties raised hopes for real peace.

In Colombia, Diakonia works for human rights, gender equality and justice in the difficult transition from war to peace. The focus is on establishing peace through genuine, broad participation, in which people who have been exposed to violence and persecution during the protracted conflict can make their voices heard.

Gender equality: Diakonia works to counteract gender-based violence and to ensure that those who have been subjected to sexual violence during the civil war receive reparation and redress.

Peace-building: Diakonia strengthens Colombian organizations, focusing on dialogue and conflict resolution. We also work to spread knowledge about the peace agreement and what it entails.

Human rights: Diakonia collaborates especially with vulnerable groups such as LGBTQI people, Afro-Colombians, indigenous peoples and women. Colombia is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for human rights defenders. Threats, attacks and murders are common. Diakonia works in various ways to protect and strengthen human rights defenders, including presenting human rights awards every year.

Read more about our work in Colombia

  • Boarding school saves children from violence

    In the region of Sur de Bolivar, Colombia, forced recruitment of children and young people to armed groups has been a major problem for several generations. The Sol y Esperanza (Sun and Hope) boarding school...
  • Lerma: from bloody nightmare to peace

    In the 1980s, the small town of Lerma in Colombia was a real nightmare. A bloody war raged between drug cartels, and a quarter of the population was killed. But the people decided to turn things around. And...
  • Drugs a threat to peace

    Colombia is the world leader in cocaine exports. According to the peace agreement, the illegal cultivation of coca leaves for narcotics production must cease. But this is a difficult task. Conflicts and...
  • Bertina survived the massacre – now she’s a peacebuilder

    The civil war in Colombia has taken tens of thousands of lives and forced millions to flee. A few years ago, Bertina Collazos was homeless. Today, she’s involved in building the future peace in the country.